Rain, Thunderstorms Leave 135 Dead In Four States
According to statistics, the highest number of 14 deaths occurred in Bihar’s Gopalganj district. There were 8 deaths each in Madhubani and Nawada, 6 each in Siwan and Bhagalpur, 5 each in East Champaran, Darbhanga, Banka and other districts. Most of those who died were farmers who were working in the agricultural fields when the lightning struck. Being the month of June, farmers are transplanting paddy. Apart from this, the harvesting of maize and moong is also going on. In these areas, after the rains every year, there is a lot of destruction caused by the floods. The Meteorological Department said that there is a possibility of heavy rains in these areas in the next 72 hours. Flood-like conditions can occur in some areas. The water level of most of the rivers is increasing rapidly and the population living in the coastal areas has been alerted. East Champaran, West Champaran, Gopalganj, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Supaul, Araria, Kishanganj, Purnia, Saharsa and Madhepura have been put in the Red Zone. Apart from Bihar, 24 people have been confirmed dead in Uttar Pradesh, 8 in Jharkhand and 2 in West Bengal. According to Relief Commissioner Sanjay Goyal, the maximum of 9 deaths was reported in Deoria district of eastern UP while 6 people died in Prayagraj. The Indian Meteorological Department has also warned that there is a possibility of heavy rains in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim for the next three days, which can trigger flood-like situations. Many districts of Assam are receiving heavy rains. A bridge in Tinsukia was swept away by the water, which has affected the work of extinguishing the fire in the Baghjan oilfield. Director of Meteorological Department, Odisha, HR Biswas has said that from June 1 to June 25, the state has received 208 mm of rain, which is 26% above normal.
The monsoon caused terrible havoc last year as well. Home Ministry statistics show that last year at least two thousand people died due to the rains and floods in 22 states of the country. Apart from this, more than 25 lakh people were affected.
Odisha has received 208.3 mm rainfall between June 1 and June 25, 26 per cent higher than the normal rainfall. Rainfall is expected at some places in some districts during the next 24 hours: Odisha IMD Director HR Biswas pic.twitter.com/ojO2kY6PnO— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2020